New York Jets promote former Georgia LB, Tennessee WR from practice squad to face 49ers
A pair of former SEC standouts got a promotion on Saturday by the New York Jets as they prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Former Georgia LB Alec Ogletree and former Tennessee WR Josh Malone are expected to be in the mix to play Sunday. ESPN’s Rich Cimini also noted that they have a shortage of healthy inside linebackers, so Ogletree will have a good shot to contribute.
For Ogletree, it’s a reunion with former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who coached him with the Rams. Ogletree started 36 games for Williams on the Rams. Ogletree played the last two seasons with the Giants and started 13 games in 2019, with 80 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 6 pass defenses.
Ogletree was a first-round pick in 2013, and has started all 93 games he’s played in.
Malone was also elevated in Week 1 and took 10 special teams snaps including a return with the opening kickoff in the loss to the Buffalo Bills. He first signed with the Jets’ practice squad Sept. 4 last season and was promoted to the active roster Dec. 19, the Jets reported. He was originally selected by the Bengals in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft and had 7 receptions for 75 yards and 1 score with Cincinnati. Malone was a final cut this year and then was signed to the Jets’ practice squad the next day.
The Jets have signed LB Alec Ogletree from their practice squad. The only healthy ILB is Neville Hewitt, so Ogletree could have a role tomorrow. They also elevated RB Josh Adams and WR Josh Malone from the PS. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 19, 2020